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Picnic Pavilion

267 Old Bridge Walk

Vancouver, BC



Offered in English and Spanish.

Wheelchair accessible and is a relaxed performance.


Picnic Pavilion

FREE event Sept. 23 & 24 | 2pm to 5:30pm

A showcase of some of BC’s most acclaimed Flamenco artists including Flamenco Rosario.

We are pleased to present the work of Vancouver & Victoria-based Flamenco dance and music artists, including Flamenco Rosario’s company, students and teachers on the Picnic Pavilion stage at Granville Island, 267 Old Bridge Walk, Vancouver.

The full lineup will be announced on our website and social media channels on August 1st 2023.

Photos by Luciana Freire d’Anunciação



Flamenco Rosario

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival was founded by Flamenco Rosario in 1990. Flamenco Rosario holds a mandate to develop dance, music works and dance artists, in both the authentically traditional and contemporary innovative styles of Flamenco. The company shares its passion for flamenco’s raw, emotional power and disciplined musicality through performances, workshops and professional training across Vancouver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Rosario Ancer and Musical Director Victor Kolstee, the company was founded in 1989, Flamenco Rosario registered as a non-profit society in BC in August 1997 under the legal name Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society, achieving registered charity status in 1999. As an interpreter of flamenco dance, Artistic Director Rosario Ancer is interested in the continuing growth and evolution of the art form, rather than simply reiterating its past. The company explores the possibilities of flamenco by crossing boundaries of history and culture, incorporating dancers from other dance traditions, international dance artists, musicians and vocalists into the development of new work. Ongoing activities for Flamenco Rosario include the popular In-Studio series featuring traditional dance styles, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival showcasing local and national and international guest artists, ongoing classes and residencies, mentorships, and mainstage performances allowing for artistic experimentation. The company continues to honour the rich flamenco tradition and to produce presentations which stretch the boundaries and evolution of the art form. In 2023 Rosario Ancer is the Artistic/ Executive Director of Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts Society, continuing to pursue the dream of cultivating a flamenco legacy in honour of the late Victor Kolstee.

About the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (VIFF)

Since its beginnings in 1990, VIFF has nurtured the form’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures and grown a mature and deeply rich understanding of flamenco to reach across Vancouver’s multicultural audiences. As one of a few celebrated festivals devoted to Flamenco Art in North America, we continue to invest in, reflect, and connect its diverse sociocultural identity through varied artistic narratives, underlining flamenco’s universal message of humanistic tolerance. An annual event, the festival lends its visibility throughout multiple venues and locales in metro Vancouver including the Waterfront Theatre, Fei And Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver Public Library, and we are thrilled to add Fox Cabaret. Driven and artistically curated by the internationally renowned Flamenco Rosario, the festival is a flamenco hub in the city inviting and presenting emerging voices alongside established international artists. With over three decades of flamenco presence, we continue to build upon both steadfast and new relationships across the nation, helping to forge a more integrated and worldly Canadian identity of flamenco.

This event is part of a hub:

Granville Island Celebrations

CMHC - Granville Island Vancouver, BC

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